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Grafton, WV Proud Of Mother’s Day Connection

The death of Miss Anna Jarvis, daughter of Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis, the “Mother of Mothers Day”, brings those associated with the founding of the day into the limelight. Norman F. Kendall, now a resident of Fairmont, who delivered the first “Mother’s Day address in May 1907 and Judge Ira E. Robinson, of Philippi, who as a delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church at Minneapolis, in 1912, introduced the resolution which passed giving recognition to the day.

The late Dr. Harry C. Howard, who delivered the sermon at the Andrews Methodist church at Grafton at a “Mothers’ Day” service, purely local, often regretted the errors which have appeared in articles telling of the “founding” of the day.


The WV family that brought us Mother’s Day

It took the individual effort of each Jarvis, mother and daughter, over two generations to forge the Mother’s Day we recognize today. And it’s a story with a twist, so buckle up! Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, of Grafton WV, had attempted starting a series of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in Webster, Grafton, Fetterman, Pruntytown, and […]

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